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CaptionRenowned for being the greatest beauty of her age - certainly of the city of Florence. She was admired by all of Florence as the incarnate ideal of feminine beauty which later became a legend after her premature death in 1476 at the age of 23 years. Sandro Botticelli was inspired by her features in The Birth of Venus and Piero di Cosimo was a passionate admirer. --- --- --- The subject girl is portrayed half-length figure in profile facing left and in the background of an open landscape arid and lush left to right. A dark cloud enhances contrast to the pure profile of the face the complexion clear. It is traditionally identified as a portrait dressed as Cleopatra because of the toplessness and the asp twisted neck in which she died. More recent studies however have also suggested that the woman symbolizes Proserpina with the snake symbolize the hope of resurrection in paganism. he forehead is high according to the fashion of the time which included a shaved hairline. The bust according to a 15th-century style is slightly turned towards the spectator so as to favor the view and is wrapped in a cloth richly embroidered and inlaid--- --- --- The Florentine poet Politian wrote that her home was "in that stern Ligurian district up above the seacoast where angry Neptune beats against the rocks . There like Venus she was born among the waves --- --- --- At age fifteen or sixteen she married Marco Vespucci son of Piero who was a distant cousin of the Florentine explorer and cartographer Amerigo Vespucci. They met in April 1469; she was with her parents at the church of San Torpete when she met Marco; the doge Piero il Fregoso and much of the Genoese nobility were present. Marco had been sent to Genoa by his father Piero to study at the Banco di San Giorgio. Marco was accepted by Simonetta's father and he was very much in love with her so the marriage was logical being conneced to the Medici family
HeadlineRenowned for being the greatest beauty of her age - certainly of the city of Florence. She was admired by all of Florence as the incarnate ideal of feminine beauty which later became a legend after her premature death in 1476 at the age of 23 years.
KeywordsProserpina Piero-di-Cosimo Medici High_Renaissance The-Birth-of-Venus Botticelli Vespucci
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